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Can you completely dismantle a dell xps 430?

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January 9, 2010 8:42:27 AM

I want to house the parts in a much larger tower to be able to use any graphic's card and components.
January 9, 2010 8:56:10 AM

the motherboard and chassis design is BTX ,you gonna gonna have a hard time getting that to fit ina atx tower
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January 9, 2010 8:56:34 AM

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System Information
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Time of this report: 1/8/2010, 03:30:59
Machine name: LEE-PC
Operating System: Windows Vistaâ„¢ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.090803-2339)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Dell XPS430
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A00
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
Memory: 6078MB RAM
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DirectX Version: DirectX 11
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Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
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DDI Version: 10.1
BGRA Supported: No
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I'm considering upgrades to my motherboard, cpu, and videocard. I was told to grab an ATI 5850 or 5870. This is the reason why I wanted to upgrade the tower because i'm not sure that either videocard could fit. Additionally, is the gtx 200 series good for gaming over the ati 5850 or 5870? I don't understand the complaints. Is it just brand, personal experience, or actual issues with driver updates and stuff like that?
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January 9, 2010 9:03:36 AM

obsidian86 said:
the motherboard and chassis design is BTX ,you gonna gonna have a hard time getting that to fit ina atx tower


Are you saying that I would have to get a new motherboard? If it requires something new, I don't mind switching out.
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January 9, 2010 9:11:33 AM

most probobly a new mother board and o.s. atleast maybe a new hdd but the rest should be transferable to a new case
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January 9, 2010 9:25:13 AM

That's like everything.
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January 9, 2010 9:31:25 AM

no one said it would be easy
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January 9, 2010 9:39:28 AM

obsidian86 said:
no one said it would be easy


Yeah. I bought it from best buy. Maybe they can tell me which parts that I would need to replace to make it possible as well. I didn't realize that it could be most of them.
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January 9, 2010 9:50:27 AM

you could ask round here since you basically building a new pc
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January 9, 2010 10:06:56 AM

Well lets see, you could probably keep your hard drive but you're gonna need.

Case
Motherboard
Operating System
*Maybe a power supply*
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January 9, 2010 12:50:59 PM

boonality said:
Well lets see, you could probably keep your hard drive but you're gonna need.

Case
Motherboard
Operating System
*Maybe a power supply*


Like windows 7? what's wrong with vista 64-bit?
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January 9, 2010 12:56:43 PM

Nothing, but the windows that came with your Dell is OEM and it's illegal to use it in a "new" computer (read new motherboard).
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January 9, 2010 1:19:04 PM

boonality said:
Nothing, but the windows that came with your Dell is OEM and it's illegal to use it in a "new" computer (read new motherboard).


Oh well. I did want to use windows 7 anyways. I hate having to worry about 32 or 64-bit applications. It's a hassle.
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January 9, 2010 1:26:25 PM

Why would you worry about x86 or x64? Basically any x86 app works on an x64 OS. Doesn't matter if it's Vista or 7.
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January 9, 2010 1:30:56 PM

boonality said:
Why would you worry about x86 or x64? Basically any x86 app works on an x64 OS. Doesn't matter if it's Vista or 7.


Some games have conflicts with 64-bit operating systems. I have to transfer it to a public folder or something like that just for patching services to work correctly.
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January 9, 2010 1:42:43 PM

64 bit is the future windows 8 will only be 64 bit so its change now or change later
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January 10, 2010 10:39:06 AM

I have to find a new case, but I think that I want to get this motherboard/processor. Do I need 4 processors though? I was thinking just 1 or 2 processors.

Motherboard/processor : http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Intel%26%23174%3B+-+Core%26...

I'm already either going to choose an ati 5850 or 5870.
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January 10, 2010 10:44:03 AM

You can probably continue to use the processor that's in your computer? Do you have anything against ordering online at a site like newegg? It will be a little cheaper that way.
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January 10, 2010 11:12:28 AM

boonality said:
You can probably continue to use the processor that's in your computer? Do you have anything against ordering online at a site like newegg? It will be a little cheaper that way.


My processor is okay? What's a good motherboard then? I was just going to buy from Best Buy only because they actually assemble the parts for free if you buy from them. Otherwise, I'll have to somehow figure it out on my own or pay someone to do it for me. Also, I'm not too sure which case is good to get as well. I can't tell the difference between them and which is large enough to accept all parts. Do you recommend Windows 7?
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January 10, 2010 11:14:28 AM

I just wanted to add that I wouldn't mind buying from newegg.com. I think that my cousin can help me with it. Are you familiar with motherboards and cases? Also, would I need any extra fans or parts? I might need a better power supply if I get the ATI 5870. It seems that my power supply is like 370 or something.
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January 10, 2010 11:18:05 AM

You probably should get a new power supply, if you decide to get a new processor you may as well build a whole new computer.
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January 10, 2010 11:20:51 AM

Looking back on your original post though, it just seems to me that you really don't need to do all this, specially not now... in anticipation of "being able to upgrade". Just wait until you need a new video card or whatever and make a move then.
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January 10, 2010 11:25:22 AM

I do need a new videocard, but it won't fit into a mini-tower. I was told that my motherboard and OS aren't operable in a new case, therefore I have to buy them both just to make this possible.
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January 10, 2010 11:29:20 AM

whats your budget?

aand how much ram have you got in the xps?
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January 10, 2010 11:41:07 AM

I can spend around 700. I have 6gb.
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January 10, 2010 7:40:12 PM

obsidian86 said:
whats your budget?

aand how much ram have you got in the xps?


I found out that my tower is actually slightly larger than a mid-sized tower. Also, it definitely has enough room for a 11.5 inch card. I could tweak it to fit a wider card as well.
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January 10, 2010 8:12:33 PM

so now just a new card and a new power supply
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January 10, 2010 9:47:59 PM

what graphics card, your link is broken
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January 10, 2010 9:49:12 PM

obsidian86 said:
what graphics card, your link is broken


ati 5770
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January 10, 2010 9:50:03 PM

obsidian86 said:
what graphics card, your link is broken


HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
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